25 FAQs About Xiaomi Mi A1: Everything To Know

Namrata Gogoi

Planning to buy the new Xiaomi Mi A1? Well, there must be hundreds of questions doing the rounds in your head right now about the Xiaomi phone sporting the flagship dual camera.

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Look no further. We have handpicked some of the most frequently asked questions and facts to help you make the right decision.

As it’s going to be a long one, let’s jump straight in.

Q1. What are the specifications of the Xiaomi Mi A1?

ProcessorOcta-core 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with Adreno 506 GPU
RAM4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB
Display5.5-inch (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Battery 3080mAh
Charging TypeAdaptive Fast Charge
Weight165 grams
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
BluetoothYes, Bluetooth 4.2
NFCYes

Q2. What is the camera configuration of the Mi A1 camera?

Rear CameraPair of 12MP rear lens (wide angle +telephoto) with dual LED Flash
Features1.25 µm Large Pixels
Video Resolution2160p at 30fps, 720p at 120fps
Selfie Camera5 MP

Q3. What are the available modes of the camera?

The dual camera of the Xiaomi Mi A1 features a handful of interesting features.

Notable among them are the Portrait Mode (courtesy the dual lens), 2X Zooming options, 10x digital zoom, HDR, group selfies, and a manual option to change the saturation of the pictures.

Q4. What is the zooming capacity of the Mi A1 camera?

Capturing object and subjects from a distance is a breeze with the Mi A1, thanks to the 2X optical zoom and a 10x digital zoom.

Q5. Can the Mi A1 record 4K Videos?

Yes, the Xiaomi Mi A1 can record 4K videos.

Q6. What is Android One?

The Android One platform is a set of hardware and software standards that phone manufacturers must have to provide quality stock Android experience at an affordable price.

It hasn’t been a huge success till now and Google wants to change that with the Xiaomi Mi A1.

Q7. How is the Mi A1 different from regular Xiaomi phones?

The Mi A1 is the first phones from Xiaomi not to sport the MIUI ROM, which means that the feature-rich experience associated with Xiaomi phones is absent in this one.

So, if you are shifting over from either a Samsung, Motorola or Xiaomi device you’ll miss the shortcuts for screenshots, one-handed mode, second space or dual messenger among others

Q8. Will I receive the software updates directly from Google?

With Xiaomi embracing Android One, the Mi A1 will receive software updates and security patches in time.

But the updates won’t come from Google directly — since they don’t support dual camera phones — the Mi A1 will receive timely updates from Xiaomi.

Q9. What’s the photo upload limit on Google Photos for Xiaomi Mi A1?

This unlimited storage option holds true only for high-quality photos and not for the full resolution photos.

So, if you are uploading high-quality photos, you’ll get unlimited upload limits — just like any other Android phones. But if you are looking to upload full resolution pictures, the normal upload limit applies.

Q10. Is the Xiaomi Mi A1 waterproof?

No, the Mi A1 isn’t waterproof. Actually, none of the Xiaomi devices launched so far is waterproof. This can be attributed to the fact that waterproofing will increase the cost by 10-20%. Plus, any devices damage may also compromise the waterproofing technique.

Q11. How is the build quality of the Xiaomi Mi A1?

The build quality of the Xiaomi Mi A1 is good. It sports a full metal body with the display being protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass.

Q12. What is the OS version in the Mi A1?

The Mi A1 runs on the latest version of Android — Nougat version 7.1.1, so you get to experience all the Android Nougat features like multi-window or notification controls to the maximum.

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Notably, the Mi A1 is one of the first devices that run on Android N.

Q13. How is the display quality of the Mi A1?

The Mi A1 sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixel.

Q14. Which Charger type does the Xiaomi Mi A1 support?

The Mi A1 comes bundled with a USB Type-C charging port, which means that you can transfer data at a faster rate.

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Q15. Does the Mi A1  feature a headphone jack?

Fortunately, yes. The Xiaomi Mi A1 does feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack located at the bottom.

Q16. Is the Xiaomi Mi A1 a dual-SIM phone?

Yes, the Mi A1 is a dual-SIM phone. It has the capacity for two Nano-SIMs or a Nano SIM and a microSD card.

Q17. Does Mi A1 support USB OTG?

Yes, the Mi A1 has the support for USB OTG. USB on-the-go (or OTG) lets your phone to connect to other USB devices/phone or it can act as host for storing documents or music files.

Q18. Does the Mi A1 come with an IR Blaster?

Similar to the other Xiaomi phones, the Mi A1 comes packed with an IR blaster, so you can use it to control your TV, DSLR cameras, or Air Conditioners.

Q19. Are the capacitive keys backlit in the Xiaomi Mi A1

Yes, the capacitive keys on the Mi A1 are backlit, which means that you won’t find it hard to navigate around your phone even in the dark.

Q20. Does it have the support for VoLTE networks?

Yes, the Mi A1 supports 4G VoLTE. Indian consumers can use the Reliance Jio SIM to make calls using the Xiaomi Mi A1.

Q21. What type of speakers are available in the Mi A1?

The Mi A1 packs in a standalone audio amplifier and a 10V smart audio amplifier. The amplifier is coupled with DHS Audio Calibration algorithm which would help in improving the speaker outputs by channeling the deeper lows and higher volume.

On the other hand, the stand alone amplifier would bring out the true potential of the phone when you hook any headphones to it.

Q22. Does it have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)?

No, both the rear camera and the front camera lack OIS and EIS techniques.

Quick Trivia: EIS aids in improving video stability. It works in the background, analyzing every frame and cropping it keeping in mind the stability of the video.

Q23. Does the M1 A1 support Adaptive Brightness?

Yes, the Mi A1 has the support for adaptive brightness.

Q24. What is the price of the Xiaomi M1 A1?

The Mi A1 is priced at only Rs 14,999 in India and will be available at mi.com and Flipkart from September 12.

And unlike the Redmi 4 or the Redmi Note 4, this one will be available in the offline market as well.

Q25. What are the available color options for the Mi A1?

The Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available in three color options — Black, Gold and Rose Gold. If you ask me, the black one is the all-out winner as the antenna lines are discreet and the black bezels blend easily with the phone’s body, thus lending an overall high-end look.

Will You Buy It?

Phew, that was pretty long. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is touted as a phone having the picture perfect dual camera, for the price. So, what are your thoughts on the Mi A1? Do drop us a line or two in the comments below.

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Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.